Becoming Forest Positive
Launched in June 2021, our Forest Positive strategy builds on our decade-long work to end deforestation in our supply chains.
Forests are disappearing around the world at an alarming rate, but Forest Positive is about far more than managing deforestation risks in our supply chain. Instead, it represents a broader approach that aims to make a positive impact throughout our sourcing landscapes, in recognition of the essential role played by the world’s forests and natural ecosystems.
Our strategy aims to help conserve and restore forests and protect natural habitats while promoting sustainable livelihoods and respecting human and land rights. This includes empowering Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to be stewards of critical natural ecosystems.
By working in partnership across the food industry and beyond, we can continue to help build a future for forests that is positive for people and the planet.
The conservation and restoration of forests and other key natural ecosystems also forms part of Nestlé’s Net Zero Roadmap (pdf, 8Mb).
Sustainable livelihoods and respecting human rights are part of our Human Rights Framework and Roadmap (pdf, 10Mb).
Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Land Rights are one of our 10 human rights salient issues – read more in our action plan (pdf, 2Mb).
Read more about our Global Reforestation Program – a pipeline of projects that aims to grow 200 million trees by 2030.
Nestlé's progress in tackling deforestation and safeguarding human rights was recognized by the 2023 Forest500 ranking (pdf, 3Mb). This placed the company near the very top of the list of private sector performers.
Forest Positive progress
Our Forest Positive strategy
To reach our goal, we must first understand and address the drivers of deforestation for our key forest-risk commodities. We then examine our supply chains within the context of the landscapes they are a part of, striving for a responsible and holistic approach that also benefits the wider ecosystem.
To help strengthen our strategy, we have created a Forest Positive External Advisory Council. The Council is composed of independent experts from civil society, academia and technical organizations. This helps us develop a transparent, credible and science-based approach. We track the Council's recommendations and actions implementation progress in a public report. Read our Nestlé Forest Positive External Advisory Council report 2021-2022 (pdf, 2Mb).
By the end of 2022, 99.1% of our primary supply chains for meat, palm oil, pulp and paper, soy and sugar were assessed as deforestation-free. Our palm oil supply chain presents the greatest opportunity to improve, with 95.6% assessed as deforestation-free.
We are aiming for deforestation-free supply chains for coffee and cocoa by 2025.